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Medical Examiner: Excessive heat a factor in Bartlett man's death

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Bartlett, TN (WMC-TV) - Health officials announced Monday afternoon that heat likely contributed to the death of a Bartlett man who died while mowing his lawn.

Stuart Evans, 66, is the ninth person to die from heat-related complications this year, and temperatures aren't cooling down anytime soon.

"He was a good man, he was a man of God," his neighbor, Keith McGoldrick said.

Evans collapsed in his yard while mowing his lawn at around 5:00 p.m. Friday.

"We left about 4:30 at that time he was mowing the yard, and I thought, gee whiz, Stuart shouldn't be out mowing the yard at 4:30 with this temperature," Pervis Ballew said. "I just waved and we went on, and that was the last time we saw Stuart."

McGoldrick says Evans, who was in poor health, was apparently trying to start the mower for his wife, because they were having problems with it.

McGoldrick's wife noticed Evans collapsed by the lawn mower as they were driving by.

"I tried CPR, and I wasn't unsuccessful," McGoldrick said. "The paramedics came within probably 5 minutes, I only got about 60 compressions in."

The Shelby County Medical Examiner ruled Evans' death resulted from chronic illnesses, with heat being a contributing factor.

Action News 5's Dave Brown says the heat index was 103 degrees at 5 p.m., following hours of excessive heat.

McGoldrick says Evans enjoyed caring for his yard.

"He did take pretty good pride in his yard."

Evans was a retired Sales Manager for Memphis Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens. He and his wife Gail were married for 31 years. He is survived by his wife and three adult daughters.

In the extreme heat we're having be sure to drink plenty of water. If a person's skin feels extremely hot, but the person stops sweating, it should be considered a medical emergency.

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